Italian President Sergio Mattarella Visits Kenyan Parliament

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Kenya’s Senate Speaker Amason Kingi has welcomed the visit to Kenya by Italy President Sergio Mattarella, saying it was a sign of good diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Speaker Kingi received the president at Parliament Grounds on Tuesday when he came to pay respects to the Mouseleum of Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya’s first president.

“The visit signifies thriving diplomatic relations between Italy and Kenya under President William Ruto,” said Kingi.

Speaker Kingi was accompanied by Defence Cabinet Secretary Aden Duale, Nairobi governor Johnson Sakaja, Senators Ali Roba and Tabitha Mutinda, and members of the National Assembly and other national leaders.

Earlier, President Mattarella held a bilateral meeting with his host William Ruto at the State House in Nairobi. During the meeting, the two leaders agreed to remove non-tariff barriers to enhance trade between the two countries.

The two leaders also signed cooperation deals in agro-industrial, ICT and bio-fuel projects.

Italy committed to advance Ksh14 Billion ($108.3 million) in grants and soft loans covering projects in agriculture, MSMEs, housing and urban settlement, health, the digital super highway and the creative economy.

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